The Wedding Singer Pumps Up the Box Office Volume
As regular SOB readers know, I truly enjoyed Broadway's homage to the 80s musical -- The Wedding Singer. And while it was hardly a surprise that Tony overlooked this delicious confection, it's obvious that Tony viewers have not.
Just yesterday, the show reportedly took in three times its normal box office after a boffo rendition of the musical's high-energy, highly enjoyable opening number, "It's Your Wedding Day" was performed during Sunday night's Tony Awards. This news comes on the heels that the show played to 77.6% of capacity last week -- up a dramatic 20.7% from the week before. A good friend of mine even commented after the performance, "Was it my imagination or wasn't The Wedding Singer number the most enthusiastically received number of the evening?" In checking with a friend who was physically present at Radio City Music Hall, I received confirmation that it was indeed a major crowd pleaser.
If all this excitement surrounding Broadway's biggest guilty pleasure since Mamma Mia! isn't enough, the producers have announced plans for a touring company of The Wedding Singer to begin performances at Minneapolis' historic Orpheum Theatre on September 7, 2007.
Personally, having just received my original cast CD in the mail, I'm looking forward to seeing The Wedding Singer again. It's the perfect heart-filled show to sit back, relax and simply enjoy.
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The Wedding Singer Opens on Broadway Tonight (April 27, 2006)